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Network Radio BBC Week 38: 19-26 September

BBC RADIO 2 Saturday 19 September 2009

Dermot O’Leary

Saturday 19 September
3.00-6.00pm BBC RADIO 2

Dermot O'Leary is joined by Mercury Award-nominated Florence And The Machine, who released debut album, Lungs, in July of this year. The Leisure Society also perform their second live session for the show.

Dermot is also joined by chef and TV presenter James Martin, who discusses his favourite tracks.

Presenter/Dermot O'Leary, Producer/Ben Walker

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Tom Jones

Saturday 19 September
10.00-11.00pm BBC RADIO 2 (Title change 15 September)

Pop legend Tom Jones
Pop legend Tom Jones

Tom Jones is an icon of popular music whose 45-year-long career has earned him a knighthood from the Queen.

In this one-hour documentary, actor and comedian Rob Brydon reveals Tom's journey to the top, through an exclusive, new interview with the singer himself and explores how Tom overcame obstacles – such as tuberculosis and marrying young – to realise his dream of becoming a professional singer.

It's an incredible story of how a factory worker from a Welsh mining town became an international superstar thanks to hits like It's Not Unusual, What's New Pussycat and Delilah. Idolised by women all over the planet, he became a huge star of Las Vegas and even made friends with Elvis Presley and Frank Sinatra. The longevity of his career is thanks to a fan base that has never diminished. He has exploited musical trends, earning new fans while retaining his core following.

Friends and collaborators help tell his story, including arranger Les Reed, who sent Tom on his way to success by writing many of his hits such as It's Not Unusual. We also hear from guitarist Big Jim Sullivan who played on every Tom Jones record in the Sixties and early Seventies, and there's fascinating insight from Tom's early days in Wales and London, courtesy of former band mates Mike Roberts and Vernon Hopkins.

The programme features brand new interviews with Sir Tom Jones; Wyclef Jean; Kelly Jones from Stereophonics; biographer Gwen Russell; Jimmy Tarbuck; Les Reed; Vernon Hopkins; and Mike Roberts.

Presenter/Rob Brydon, Producer/James Hale

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Bob Harris

Saturday 19 September
11.00pm-2.00am BBC RADIO 2

BBC Radio 2 presenter Bob Harris – who is joined this week by guests from Nashville's American Music Awards
BBC Radio 2 presenter Bob Harris – who is joined this week by guests from Nashville's American Music Awards

Bob Harris is joined, live, in his Music Row studio by guests from the annual Nashville Americana Music Awards. Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter Nanci Griffith chats to Bob and performs songs from new album The Loving Kind. Nanci's musical career started in the folk clubs of Austin, Texas, and has seen her release more than 20 albums and become hailed as the "Queen of Folkabilly" by Rolling Stone Magazine.

Her breakthrough came in 1986 when album Last Of The True Believers earned her a Grammy Award nomination and led to her being signed by MCA. She went on to release Lone Star State Of Mind, which included the highly acclaimed Julie Gold composition, From A Distance. Her 1989 album, Storms, and 1991's Late Night Grand Hotel moved her music further into the pop mainstream, before she returned to her country-folk roots with Other Voices, Other Rooms, an album celebrating folk songwriters, including Bob Dylan, Ralph McTell and Tom Paxton.

Presenter/Bob Harris, Producer/Mark Simpson

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BBC RADIO 3 Saturday 19 September 2009

Music Matters

New series
Saturday 19 September
12.15-1.00pm BBC RADIO 3

In the first programme of the autumn season of Music Matters Tom Service continues to visit some of the world's most important musical centres. This week, the spotlight turns to Budapest.

Musical life in Hungary was important in developments in the months leading up to the fall of the Berlin Wall, which took place 20 years ago this November. Hungarian conductor Ivan Fischer and the Budapest Festival Orchestra played Beethoven to 400 East German refugees who subsequently attended the Pan-European Picnic on the Austro-Hungarian border. The East Germans escaped to the West, helping precipitate the events in Berlin three months later. Tom looks at how musical life has changed in the intervening decades and talks to those behind the musical life of the capital as well as to internationally renowned Hungarian musicians, including conductor-pianist Andras Schiff and soprano Andrea Rost.

Tom examines the legacy of Liszt, Bartók and Kodaly and looks at the all-pervading influence of Hungarian folk music. Music Matters also visits the birthplace of Zoltan Kodaly to investigate how his early study of folk tales led to him become one of the most significant figures in the field of ethnomusicology. His project of reforming music teaching in schools has shaped music education not only in Hungary, but around the world.

The programme concludes by looking at the future of modern music in Hungary, exploring the work of composers such as György Ligeti, György Kurtág and Peter Eötvös.

Presenter/Tom Service, Producer/Jeremy Evans

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Opera On 3

Saturday 19 September
6.00-9.00pm BBC RADIO 3

Donald Macleod presents Verdi's dramatic setting of Shakespeare's "Scottish play", Macbeth. Macbeth was the first manifestation of Verdi's lifelong fascination with the Bard and David Robertson conducts the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra in a concert performance recorded at Usher Hall during this year's Edinburgh International Festival. Georgian baritone Lado Ataneli sings the title role with American soprano Susan Neves as his scheming wife.

Verdi's Macbeth launches the new season of Opera On 3. From Glyndebourne comes Dvořák's Rusalka; Gershwin's Let Em Eat Cake and Massenet's Werther are performed by Opera North; Sir Charles Mackerras directs English National Opera's production of Britten's Turn Of The Screw; and Juan Diego Florez and Joyce di Donato perform the title roles in Rossini's Barber Of Seville from the Royal Opera House's autumn season.

Presenter/Donald Macleod, Producer/Andrew Trinick

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The Wire – People Snogging In Public Places

Saturday 19 September
9.30-10.30pm BBC RADIO 3

Bristol Old Vic-trained actor Adrian Scarborough
Bristol Old Vic-trained actor Adrian Scarborough

This is a coming-of-age story about what happens when an uncle with severe learning disabilities moves in with his nephew's family. Told in a frank, funny and bold way, the play examines the consequences of disability on family members.

Starring Adrian Scarborough, Lindsey Coulson and introducing brilliant young actor Rupert Simoneon, it is a fast and funny dash through a troubling week in the life of a teenager.

The writer is award-winning playwright Jack Thorne, who has an acclaimed film, The Scouting Book For Boys, coming out this year.

Producer/Steven Canny

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BBC RADIO 4 Saturday 19 September 2009

Ramblings Ep 1/6

New series
Saturday 19 September
6.05-6.30am BBC RADIO 4

Clare Balding sets out to walk St Oswald's Way, which opened in 2004, and crosses some of the finest landscapes of Northumberland. It features some of the places associated with 7th-century county king St Oswald.

The route is 97 miles long and, starting from Holy Island in the north, it follows the coastline south, before heading inland to Heavensfield and Hadrian's Wall.

As she sets off on the first leg of her journey from Lindisfarne to St Cuthbert's Cave, Clare is joined by Michael Mountney, who originally came up with the concept for the route. Clare is also joined by veteran long-distance walker Jenny Walters, who gives advice and guidance on how to endure long-distance walking.

In the second programme, Clare walks south, along the coast from Bamburgh to Beadnell. Starting out at Alnmouth, on the third leg of her journey, Clare's walking companions are local artists who discuss the inspirational landscape.

A group of local walkers joins Clare in the fourth programme, from Weldon to Rothbury, and explain why they have taken the route to their hearts.

Programme five finds Clare walking from Rothbury to Simonside and, in the final edition, she reaches Heavensfield, the site of St Oswald's death.

Presenter/Clare Balding, Producer/Lucy Lunt

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Youssou N'Dour At 50 – Africa's Greatest Star

Saturday 19 September
10.30-11.00am BBC RADIO 4

Robin Denselow travels to Senegal to profile one of the best-known African musicians of recent times, Youssou N'Dour.

On Thursday 1 October 2009, N'Dour turns 50. This programme explores his global success over the last 20 years.

Presenter Robin Denselow examines N'Dour's journey from child prodigy to Grammy Award-winning singer and explores his music and how he has used it for the benefit of his country and his continent.

Denselow visits Senegal to meet and conduct a new interview with N'Dour in his home city of Dakar, where the singer owns a nightclub, a recording studio, a cassette-making plant and even a newspaper.

N'Dour look backs on his remarkable life and recalls how he started as a 12-year-old griot singer, performing at religious ceremonies in Dakar, before going on to appear with the Etoile de Dakar and then forming his own group, The Super Etoile de Dakar, and becoming one of Senegal's biggest stars.

Denselow discusses with N'Dour how his international role has developed in recent years into that of a social and political ambassador as much as a musician.

Presenter/Robin Denselow, Producer/Simon Jacobs

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Saturday Play – Choice Of Straws

Saturday 19 September
2.30-3.30pm BBC RADIO 4

Award-winning playwright Roy Williams has dramatised ER Braithwaite's Choice Of Straws. In it twins Jack and Dave Bennett roam Sixties East End London, occasionally roughing up black people.

To them, it's just a game, until a Whitechapel victim fights back and is killed when Dave pulls a knife.

On the night of the murder, a wounded Dave hitches a lift home. His brother, Jack, takes the train. Dave's body is later found in a crashed and burnt-out car. The knife that links him to the Whitechapel murder has also been found.

The car in which Dave's body was found was driven by a young, black doctor who also died in the crash. At the mortuary, Jack meets the doctor's beautiful sister, Michelle Spencer, and gradually begins to fall in love with her. This meeting sets off a string of events which could threaten the family's unity and Jack's liberty.

The cast includes Burn Gorman as Jack, Gugu Mbatha-Raw as Michelle and Luke Norris as Dave.

Producer/Claire Grove

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Archive On 4 – Scott Of Slimbridge

Saturday 19 September
8.00-9.00pm BBC RADIO 4

Scott Of Slimbridge marks the centenary of the birth of Sir Peter Scott, ornithologist, conservationist, war hero, author, painter, broadcaster and sportsman.

Presenter Frank Gardner reflects on Scott's life and his influence on the conservation movement. He introduces highlights from Peter Scott's long broadcasting career and talks to Peter Scott's widow and to the current director of the Severn Wildfowl Trust at Slimbridge in Gloucestershire, set up by Scott in 1946.

He looks at work currently going on at Slimbridge, such as the breeding of cranes for reintroduction to this country after 400 years of absence, and assesses Scott's legacy for the 21st century, with contributions from Sir David Attenborough.

Peter Scott was the only child of Captain Scott of the Antarctic who, from his death tent, left the following instructions to his wife: "Try and make the boy interested in natural history – if you can."

At Cambridge, Peter initially read Natural Sciences but graduated in History of Art and these two subjects were to be the combined passions of his life. He had his first exhibition of paintings in London in 1933. He served in the Royal Navy during the Second World War and was awarded the DSC for bravery. He was a champion ice skater, a glider pilot and won an Olympic yachting bronze for Britain in 1936: in short, he was a true polymath.

Peter began broadcasting in 1936 – an internal BBC memorandum noted that he had "a very strong personality, a good voice and is very keen to do work of this sort". It was his television series, Look, that ran from 1955 to 1981, which established his reputation.

Presenter/Frank Gardner, Producer/Merilyn Harris

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BBC RADIO 5 LIVE Saturday 19 September 2009

The Danny Baker Show

Interactive programme
Saturday 19 September
9.00-11.00am BBC RADIO 5 LIVE

Danny Baker provides the perfect warm-up to a day of live sport; featuring listener stories, comedy banter, fans on the road, interactive games, special guests and examination of the big (but mostly the little) issues that occupy supporters' minds ahead of the weekend action.

This programme is also available to watch in-vision under the Red button and via the BBC Radio 5 Live website.

Presenter/Danny Baker, Producer/Clare Davison

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5 Live Sport

Live event/outside broadcast
Saturday 19 September
12.00noon-7.20pm BBC RADIO 5 LIVE

Mark Pougatch presents an afternoon of live football and the latest sports news. The action kicks off with live commentary of Burnley versus Sunderland in the Premier league at 12.45pm. There are also updates from Kilmarnock versus Rangers, with a kick-off at 12.30pm, in the Scottish Premier League.

There is live coverage of the afternoon's 3pm kick-offs, including Arsenal versus Wigan and Hull versus Birmingham in the Premier League and Celtic versus Hearts in the SPL.

The programme also features reports from the day's rugby union Premiership matches and tennis updates from the Davis Cup doubles matches between Great Britain and Poland in Liverpool.

At 5.30pm, there is commentary on West Ham United versus Liverpool, live, from Upton Park.

Presenter/Mark Pougatch, Producer/Mark Williams

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BBC RADIO 5 LIVE SPORTS EXTRA
Saturday 19 September 2009

Extreme Sports

Live event/outside broadcast
Saturday 19 September
11.00am-1.00pm BBC RADIO 5 LIVE SPORTS EXTRA

BBC Radio 5 Live Sports Extra broadcasts exclusive, live, coverage of Europe's biggest extreme sports and music festival, White Air.

Vassos Alexander broadcasts, live, from Madeira Drive, Brighton, bringing a taste of the eclectic mix of extreme sports on display. Vassos is joined by broadcaster and journalist Luke Wilkin and sports broadcaster and Channel Bee regular Charlie Webster, who is out and about around the festival.

As well as commentary from some of the events on display, there are also interviews with some of the sportsmen and women competing and performing; and the musicians on the festival bill.

White Air is a three-day sports and music festival – between Thursday 18 and Sunday 20 September – which showcases over 40 extreme sports, including BMX, mountain biking, freestyle windsurfing, kite surfing, capoeria, street boarding, wake boarding, high dive, kite surfing, beach volleyball, mixed martial arts and street dance. The music line-up includes Doves, The Cribs, White Lies, British Sea Power and The Lemonheads.

Presenter/Vassos Alexander, Producer/Graham McMillan

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5 Live Football League

Live event/outside broadcast
Saturday 19 September
2.45-5.00pm BBC RADIO 5 LIVE SPORTS EXTRA

The 5 Live Football League brings listeners commentary on a leading game in the Championship, plus reports and updates from across the Football League.

Producer/Jen McAllister

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BBC 6 MUSIC Saturday 19 September 2009

6 Mix With Erol Alkan

Saturday 19 September
9.00-11.00pm BBC 6 MUSIC

DJ and producer Erol Alkan hosts the second edition of his 6 Mix residency. Heavily in demand as a producer and re-mixer, thanks to his work with the Mystery Jets and the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Erol is currently tearing up dance floors with his new single, Waves, which is a collaboration with Berlin DJs Boyz Noize.

Erol has spent the summer DJing at festivals all over the world, including UK appearances at Creamfields and Bestival, and has also been busy releasing tunes by new producers on his own label, Phantasy.

In his latest 6 Mix show, Erol plays an eclectic selection of tunes, ranging from brand-new bands to up-front electro music, alongside some tried-and-tested sound system bangers. In the final half hour of the show, Erol takes to the decks for one of his legendary 30-minute secret mix DJ sets, packed full of future floor-fillers.

Presenter/Erol Alkan, Produce/Rowan Collinson

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BBC WORLD SERVICE Saturday 19 September 2009

Worldplay – Everybody Has A Mountain To Climb Ep 5/6

Saturday 19 September
8.00-9.00pm BBC WORLD SERVICE

Worldplay is an annual collection of plays from broadcasters around the world – all based on one theme. This new season of plays comes from Australia, the UK, New Zealand, America, Canada and Ireland, and all revolve around the theme of science.

When 65-year-old Janice Smallwood, physicist and atheist, nearing death from cancer, plans to climb Croagh Patrick, the holy mountain, her family is astounded.

Alison, her sister and medical adviser, opposes her. However, Janice insists. Emma, Alison's New-Age spiritualist daughter, brings along her son, Petey, a failed science student, struggling with near-suicidal nihilism. Nevertheless Janice and grandnephew Petey ascend together.

Dave Duggan's Everybody Has A Mountain To Climb deals with issues of faith, science, love and death in the comic cauldron of a family.

Producer/Aidan Mathews

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BBC RADIO 2 Sunday 20 September 2009

Elaine Paige On Sunday

Sunday 20 September
1.00-3.00pm BBC RADIO 2

This week Elaine Paige's special guest is Richard O'Brien, the creator of the cult musical, The Rocky Horror Show, who chats to Elaine about the hit show and also reveals his Essential Musicals.

Presenter/Elaine Paige, Producer/Malcolm Prince

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Sunday Half Hour

Sunday 20 September
8.30-9.00pm BBC RADIO 2

Brian D'Arcy celebrates a traditional harvest with music from the Swansea Bach Choir and hymns that include well-loved favourites such as We Plough The Fields And Scatter and Come Ye Thankful People Come.

Presenter/Brian D'Arcy, Producer/Janet McLarty

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BBC RADIO 3 Sunday 20 September 2009

Private Passions

Sunday 20 September
12.00noon-1.00pm BBC RADIO 3

Michael Berkeley's guest is prize-winning writer Mark Haddon, author of the best-selling The Curious Incident Of The Dog In The Night-Time – which won 17 major literary awards – and, more recently, A Spot Of Bother. He is currently working on another novel and a play.

The music that Mark has chosen for BBC Radio 3's Private Passions is very much "off the wall" and he describes it, jokingly, as "wife-frightening" music. His choices range from Britten's tender setting of the folk-song Tom Bowling and Mitsuko Uchida playing Mozart's Sonata Facile for piano, K545, to Steve Reich's Pulse, Sonic Youth's Kool Thing and Elliott Carter's highly complex Oboe Quartet.

Mark's final choice is a poignant song by Kate Rusby, My Young Man, accompanied by the Grimethorpe Colliery Band. Mark tells Michael that the song moves him to tears each time he hears it.

Presenter/Michael Berkeley, Producer/Chris Marshall

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The Early Music Show

Sunday 20 September
1.00-2.00pm BBC RADIO 3

Lucie Skeaping vists the Isles of Scilly to trace the life of the notorious actress and singer, Ann Cargill, who drowned there in 1784 in a dramatic shipwreck, and whose ghost is said to have haunted Rosevear Island ever since.

Ann Cargill, made her London stage debut in 1771 at the tender age of 11, playing the role of Titania in George Coleman's Covent Garden production of Thomas Arne's opera The Fairy Prince. She soon became a huge box-office hit as a child star, and took on more and more roles.

Ann continued to be a popular draw at Drury Lane, in productions of John Gay's The Beggar's Opera and Thomas Linley's The Duenna, but her love life became more and more scandalous as the years progressed until she fell pregnant with the child of merchant seaman, Captain John Haldane, and left London to start a new life with him in India.

On the return voyage to England, the ship on which she was travelling, the Nancy Packet, became hopelessly lost and struck one of the many treacherous rocks off the western reaches of Scilly. The ship broke apart and sank in the tumult, and Ann's body was later found with her infant child clutched in her arms.

It is said that those who have visited Rosevear Island since the disaster struck, have heard an unearthly singing...

Lucie meets Todd Stevens, a wreck-diver and treasure hunter, who found the wreck of the Nancy Packet in 2007, and has since written a book about his findings and about the life and death of Ann Cargill.

Presenter/Lucie Skeaping, Producer/Les Pratt

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Discovering Music

Sunday 20 September
5.00-6.30pm BBC RADIO 3

Stephen Johnson is joined by the Aronowitz Ensemble at the Pittville Pump Room in Cheltenham in a programme recorded as part of the 2009 Cheltenham Festival of Music.

The festival this year focussed on the music of Jewish composers and, in keeping with this theme, Stephen and the ensemble explore music by Schnittke and Mahler, two composers who not only have Jewish connections, but who also share definite musical links.

Presenter/Stephen Johnson, Producer/Sam Phillips

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The Choir

Sunday 20 September
6.30-8.00pm BBC RADIO 3

BBC Radio 3 presenter Aled Jones hosts a new season of The Choir
BBC Radio 3 presenter Aled Jones hosts a new season of The Choir

Aled Jones begins the new season of The Choir with a complete performance of Joseph Haydn's giant Missa Cellensis (St Cecilia Mass), including a report from the composer's professional home of Eisenstadt where his complete masses are being performed during his anniversary year.

Presenter/Aled Jones, Producer/Michael Surcombe

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The Sunday Feature – Deep France: Deep Problem

Sunday 20 September
9.30-10.15pm BBC RADIO 3

The dark side of the south of France is less familiar than the tales of sundowners on the verandah and hot-baked croissants from the boulangerie, as told in many an expat narrative. Delving beneath the surface of his adoptive Cevennes region, novelist and poet Adam Thorpe finds a hardy people inured by centuries of poverty and tough times.

The last local factory is about to shut its doors and transfer its manufacture of safety footwear to Tunisia and unemployment here is among the highest in France. And the population is changing: wealthy suburbanites and incomers arrive to buy up property and set about 700-year-old stones with excavators to create pools that will suck the water table dry.

Threat hangs heavy in the air: many locals tell Adam they would only speak on condition of anonymity for fear of reprisals – violence is widespread in this community of hunting men.

Yet within their hard-bitten resourcefulness, the men and women of the Cevennes find a degree of serenity – they never expect riches, and the tough climate (deluged by biblical rains in winter, parched by unrelieved sun for the rest of the year) means they're used to making the best of the worst, and never expecting too much of anyone.

Presenter/Adam Thorpe, Producer/Simon Elmes

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Drama On 3 – Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut

Sunday 20 September
8.00-9.30pm BBC RADIO 3

Irish actor Andrew Scott
Irish actor Andrew Scott

Forty years since its publication, one of the greatest anti-war novels of all time will receive its first ever dramatisation for radio. The story of prisoner of war and optometrist Billy Pilgrim and his haphazard odyssey through time reflects the journey of our own fractured lives. Slaughterhouse-Five is adapted by Dave Sheasby.

Vonnegut's iconic 20th-century American text manages to explore the science-fiction form alongside a more profound investigation into themes concerning the nature of war and free will. Billy Pilgrim is a man who "has come unstuck in time and is in a constant state of stage fright, never knowing what part of his life he is going to have to act in next".

Throughout the novel Billy randomly and repeatedly revisits different parts of his life, including his death. He is captured by aliens from the planet Tralfamadore where he is exhibited in a zoo with Montana Wildhack, a pornographic movie star.

We hear him numbly wading through deep snow in Germany after the Battle of the Bulge; we see his comfortable suburban existence as an optometrist in Ilium, married to the boss's daughter; and we see him as a POW transported and eventually taken to Dresden, where he witnesses the infamous firestorm that killed 130,000 citizens.

By the time of his murder Billy has adopted Tralfamadorian fatalism, which has given him great personal peace. Tralfamadorians can see in four dimensions, they have seen every instance of their lives already; they cannot choose to change anything about their fate, but can choose to focus on any moment in their lives that they wish.

Andrew Scott stars as Billy Pilgrim and John Guerassio as the narrator, alongside a host of North American and home-grown acting talent.

The director, David Hunter, has worked with Dave Sheasby on many projects including last year's acclaimed dramatisation of another classic war novel, All Quiet On The Western Front, also for Drama On 3.

The music used in Slaughterhouse-Five is by the Sheffield band 65 Days Of Static – a post-rock, math-rock outfit who quote Vonnegut on their web page and who are distinctive in their own creative and cavalier attitude towards time and time signatures.

Producer/David Hunter

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BBC RADIO 4 Sunday 20 September 2009

The Reunion Ep 5/5

Sunday 20 September
11.15am-12.00noon BBC RADIO 4

In the final programme of this series of The Reunion, Sue MacGregor brings together the men and women who founded the gay rights campaign group, Stonewall, 20 years ago.

She is joined by Sir Ian McKellen, Matthew Parris, Lisa Power, Michael Cashman and Olivette Cole-Wilson.

In 1989, a small group of women and men joined forces in a campaign against a law now known as Section 28. This law banned councils from "promoting homosexuality" or "promoting the teaching in any maintained school of the acceptability of homosexuality as a pretended family relationship".

The gay rights scene at the time was radical and activist but there were no campaign groups engaging both gay men and lesbians together. This new group aimed to create a professional lobbying organisation that would fight against the discrimination of lesbians, gay men and bisexuals.

Dubbed Stonewall – to signal doggedness, and to commemorate the New York riots in which gay protestors had fought back against police brutality two decades before – it called for full legal rights, which then still seemed a loony, leftist pipe dream.

Since its foundation, Stonewall has led the way with an impressive number of reforms – pressing ministers, and taking test cases to court. These reforms include the repeal of Section 28, equalizing the age of consent, permitting civil partnerships and overturning the ban on gays in the military.

Another legacy has been to allow gay and lesbian politicians into the mainstream – not just demanding equal rights, but as representatives of the wider community.

Presenter/Sue MacGregor, Producer/Sarah Cuddon

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The Complete Smiley – The Looking Glass War Ep 1/2

New series
Sunday 20 September
3.00-4.00pm BBC RADIO 4

Simon Russell Beale plays Smiley
Simon Russell Beale plays Smiley

This dramatisation of John le Carré's fourth novel stars Ian McDiarmid, Philip Jackson, Fenella Woolgar, Patrick Kennedy and Simon Russell Beale as Smiley.

When word reaches The Department – an ailing section of British military intelligence – that Soviet missiles are being installed close to the West German border, former spy Fred Leiser is lured back from retirement to investigate.

But the world has changed since The Department's glory days during the Second World War. The harsh realities of the Cold War now prevail, and there is no place for heroes.

The Department learns that one of its employees, Taylor, has been killed in a hit-and-run accident while on a routine mission to Finland.

Taylor was due to collect film that would help substantiate reports that Soviet missiles have been installed in a site close to the West German border. His death seems to confirm the intelligence.

This is what The Department has been waiting for. At last they have an opportunity to recapture their former glory. And a successful operation would be an opportunity to show their intelligence rivals, Control and George Smiley, that The Department still has value.

As such, Leclerc persuades his reluctant number two, Haldane, that they should place an agent behind the Iron Curtain to investigate. Haldane unearths Fred Leiser, a Pole and one of their former wartime operatives, now working in a car showroom. Wary at first, Leiser finally agrees to go back to work for them.

After intense training, Leiser crosses the border into East Germany were things almost immediately go wrong. George Smiley steps out of the shadows to intervene and the true, duplicitous nature of the operation is revealed.

Producer/Marc Beeby

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Peace In Our Time – And What Followed It Ep 1/2

New series
Sunday 20 September
10.45-11.00pm BBC RADIO 4

This two-part series looks at what has happened in Northern Ireland over the past 10 years since The Troubles ended.

The first programme examines whether these years have brought life closer to normality. It looks at present-day headlines and asks whether terrorism is a black hole from which the news agenda can never fully escape.

Reporter Tara Mills talks to the generations of journalists and politicians who have had their professional lives dominated by violence; she looks at their efforts to find a way out of it; and asks how they made the transition to their peacetime roles.

The second programme asks if life in Northern Ireland is the same as any other part of the United Kingdom today. Tara finds out how journalists and politicians have made the leap from being feted by presidents and prime ministers to having to deal with the backlog of normal politics.

Tara Mills has been a journalist for 20 years – most of those have been spent working for the BBC in Belfast. In these two programmes she asks how a society which has been dominated by conflict can come to create a political discourse in a short space of time.

Presenter/Tara Mills, Producer/Rachel Hooper

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BBC RADIO 5 LIVE Sunday 20 September 2009

Great North Run

Live event/outside broadcast
Sunday 20 September
9.30am-12.00noon BBC RADIO 5 LIVE

BBC Radio 5 Live presents live coverage of the famous half-marathon from Newcastle to South Shields, which, this year, includes a 5 Live team.

Rachel Burden and George Riley present all the build-up to the race before heading to the starting line to compete.

Commentary comes from Mike Costello and Allison Curbishley, with reports from around the course from local girl, Lynsey Hipgrave. Christian O'Connell will be at the finish to greet the runners.

There will also be regular updates from the 5 Live team, including Donal MacIntyre, Kate Willaims, Rachel Hodges, Helen Blaby and Andrew Bate.

Presenters/Rachel Burden and Christian O'Connell, Producer/Francesca Bent

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5 Live Sport

Live event/outside broadcast
Sunday 20 September
12.00noon-6.00pm BBC RADIO 5 LIVE

Colin Murray presents an afternoon of live sport. At 1.30pm there's live coverage of the Manchester derby as Manchester United meet Manchester City at Old Trafford, with commentary from Mike Ingham, Alan Green and Mark Lawrenson.

And there are updates from the seventh one-day cricket International between England and Australia at Chester-le-Street, reports from the day's rugby union Premiership matches and tennis updates from the Davis Cup doubles matches between Great Britain and Poland in Liverpool.

At 4.00pm there's live commentary of the London derby as Chelsea take on Tottenham Hotspur at Stamford Bridge.

Presenter/Colin Murray, Producer/Ben North

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BBC RADIO 5 LIVE SPORTS EXTRA
Sunday 20 September 2009

Cricket

Live event/outside broadcast
Sunday 20 September
10.00am-6.30pm BBC RADIO 5 LIVE SPORTS EXTRA

Listeners can enjoy uninterrupted commentary of the seventh one-day International between England and Australia, live from Chester-le-Street with the Test Match Special commentary team.

Producer/Jen McAllister

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NFL American Football

Live event/outside broadcast
Sunday 20 September
9.00pm-12.30am BBC RADIO 5 LIVE SPORTS EXTRA

Darren Fletcher presents 5 Live Sports Extra's NFL show, covering all the NFL action throughout the season, including live match commentaries, interviews and the latest American Football news.

Darren is joined by regular contributors, NFL journalist Neil Reynolds and Greg Brady in America, with commentary from the Ralph Wilson Stadium in Orchard Park as the Buffalo Bills host the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, there's also updates from around the NFL.

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BBC 6 MUSIC Sunday 20 September 2009

The Music Week

Sunday 20 September
1.00-2.00pm BBC 6 MUSIC

As Muse's fifth studio album, The Resistance, hits the shops, The Music Week delves deep into the workings of the band, with the help of singer Matt Bellamy and drummer Dom Howard.

Plus, Julie Cullen and Matt Everitt also report on Manchester band Elbow's homecoming gig at the MEN Arena, and the rest of the week's biggest music news.

Presenter/Matt Everitt and Julie Cullen, Producer/Tom Green

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A Month Of Mercurys With...La Roux

Sunday 20 September
3.30-5.30pm BBC 6 MUSIC

For the month of September, BBC 6 Music dedicates it's Month Of Sundays slot to getting under the musical skin of some of this year's Mercury Prize-shortlisted acts. Following on from The Horrors and Friendly Fires, it's now La Roux's turn in the radio spotlight.

Hailed in the BBC's Sound Of '09 poll as one to watch this year, La Roux's self-titled debut album was released in June and has already garnered chart success with singles Bulletproof and In For The Kill.

Lead singer Elly Jackson joins Steve Lamacq to talk about, and play, the music that has inspired her and helped produce a Mercury-nominated album.

In the last hour of the show, she takes on Lammo, aka: the king of the indie disco, in a sound clash – playing the best of their individual record collections to amuse and entertain 6 Music listeners.

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Network Radio BBC Week 38: Monday 21 September 2009

BBC RADIO 1 Monday 21 September 2009

Radio 1 Stories – The Story Of Jay-Z

Monday 21 September
9.00-10.00pm BBC RADIO 1

BBC Radio 1's new schedule starts today and brings the very best in music documentaries to a regular slot on Mondays. Radio 1 Stories will spend an hour each week exploring the musical back-story of listeners' favourite artists, eras, genres and scenes.

First up is the story of one of hip-hop's biggest stars – Jay-Z. This fascinating documentary is told through a track from each one of his 11 studio albums and includes contributions from those close to him, as well as high-profile artists from the UK and across the Atlantic. From his humble beginnings in the Marcy Projects in Brooklyn to headlining Glastonbury Festival, the show looks at his career-defining moments.

Over the coming weeks Radio 1 Stories will feature documentaries on Tiesto, Biffy Clyro and a 10-part series on the Story Of The Noughties.

Producers/James Watts and Izzy Fairbairn

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BBC RADIO 2 Monday 21 September 2009

Ken Bruce

Monday 21 September
9.30am-12.00noon BBC RADIO 2

This week, Ken Bruce is joined by Graham Coxon, vocalist and lead guitarist of British rock band Blur, who picks his Tracks Of My Years. The songs chosen include tracks by Chris Barber, Leonard Cohen and The Kinks.

Plus two more valiant competitors slug it out on PopMaster, and there's the Love Song, Record Of The Week and a hand-picked selection from the Album Of The Week.

Presenter/Ken Bruce, Producer/Gary Bones

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BBC RADIO 3 Monday 21 September 2009

Performance On 3

Monday 21 September
7.00-9.15pm BBC RADIO 3

Ingo Metzmacher conducts the Deutsches Symphonie Orchester Berlin and violinist Christian Tetzlaff in Webern's Passacaglia, Berg's Violin Concerto, and the Fourth Symphony by Brahms.

The ghost of JS Bach is evident in these three Viennese classics. Webern modelled his early Passacaglia on the great organ work by Bach, creating one of his most lyrical and romantic works. Berg's elegiac Violin Concerto draws on one of Bach's most tragic chorales, Es ist genug, as a tribute to Mahler's daughter, who had died at a young age. And, in the magnificent Symphony No. 4, Brahms takes the chaconne from Bach's Cantata No. 150 and makes it his own.

In the second half of the programme, recorded at Hereford Cathedral at this year's Three Choirs Festival, violinist Rachel Podger plays Bach's Partita in B minor (BWV 1002) for solo violin.

Presenter/Martin Handley, Producer/Anthony Sellors

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The Essay – The Scientist And The Romantic Ep 1/5

New series
Monday 21 to Friday 25 September
11.00-11.15pm BBC RADIO 3

This week The Essay features nature writer Richard Mabey reflecting on his life-long relationship with science and nature. Each night this week Richard introduces us to his very first laboratory – his dad's greenhouse where, as a nine year old, he would conduct his own experiments with chemicals bought with his pocket money.

On Tuesday he remembers his first set of binoculars, which set him on a path as an avid birdwatcher. Throughout the rest of the week he looks at the science behind the memory of scents and the power of perfume; why maps are "paper dreams"; and he makes a claim for the power of direction as a sixth sense.

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Jazz On 3 – Marcin Wasilewski Trio1

Monday 21 September
11.15pm-1.00am BBC RADIO 3

Jez Nelson presents a gig by young Polish pianist Marcin Wasilewski, recorded at King's Place in London earlier this year. Playing music from his latest album January, Wasilewski's refined compositions highlight the set with a laid-back elegance and gently pulsing rhythms. January is Wasilewski's second album as leader on Manfred Eicher's ECM label and has sealed his name as a promising individual voice.

The Trio, featuring Slawomir Kurkiewicz on bass and drummer Michal Miskiewicz, were childhood friends and have been playing together since their teens. The great Polish trumpeter Tomasz Stanko discovered them at the age of 18. Taking them under his wing, Stanko took the Trio on tour with him introducing them to the lifestyle of a working musician. They have since formed the rhythm section for a number of Stanko's albums, including the critically acclaimed Soul Of Things.

Presenter/Jez Nelson, Producer/Peggy Sutton

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BBC RADIO 4 Monday 21 September 2009

Book Of The Week – Elizabeth's Women Ep 1/5

New series
Monday 21 to Friday 25 September
9.45-10.00am BBC RADIO 4

Elizabeth's Women, by Tracy Borman, is a new biography of Elizabeth I, read by Emma Fielding. It's told through the women who influenced Elizabeth's life, from her mother, her stepmothers, her governesses, ladies-in-waiting and serving women, to her rivals.

Each episode explores the role of a particular woman or group of women, who shaped Elizabeth's outlook on monarchy, the politics of power and her personal life.

Her mother, Anne Boleyn, and her inspirational stepmother, Katherine Parr, feature, as do her rivals, in particular Mary Queen of Scots who threatened her position for almost 30 years.

The book also includes her ladies-in-waiting who attended her in the intimacy of the royal inner chambers, throughout her life.

All the women featured brought out the best and the worst in Elizabeth, who could be loyal and kind, but also cruel and vindictive. They were all crucial in creating Elizabeth's carefully cultivated image as Gloriana, the Virgin Queen.

Reader/Emma Fielding, Producer/Liz Allard

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Woman's Hour Drama – The Man In The Wooden Hat Ep 1/5

New series
Monday 21 September
10.45-11.00am BBC RADIO 4

This drama spans from Hong Kong in the late Forties, to Dorset in the Noughties and tells the story of rivals Edward Feathers and Terry Veneering.

Edward Feathers find it hard to show his emotions but his wife, Elizabeth, is a free spirit. Her time in a Japanese internment camp, where her parents were killed, has left her with a lust for life. But she finds herself attracted to Edward's hated rival at the Bar, who has no difficulty showing his emotions.

Dramatised by Pete Atkin, the cast features Michael York and Lloyd Owen.

Producers/Rosalind Ayres and Martin Jarvis

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Passing The Hat

Monday 21 September
11.00-11.30am BBC RADIO 4

Passing The Hat explores the world of busking and discovers the tricks that pay, the lines that work and the skill required to make a crowd react as the busker wants.

"Busking is a calling," says Mario Morris, founder of the Cardiff School of Busking. For £200 though, he'll attempt to turn an all-male group of amateur magicians into performers capable of passing the hat and separating punters from their cash.

Presenter Jolyon Jenkins has performed tricks for children and at some charity events. But he is less than confident about taking his act onto the streets of Cardiff, as the course demands.

"I've never done anything as dangerous as this, because I've never had to do the difficult stuff of gathering a crowd; and I have to say I am extremely scared about it ... I don't even really have an act," says Jolyon.

As well as meeting fellow students, such as the German juggler and the naked unicyclist, Jolyon learns tips from the Great Soprendo and Gazzo, the world's finest exponent of the cups and balls.

Presenter/Jolyon Jenkins, Producer/Miles Ward

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Afternoon Play – Blame The Parents Ep 1/2

New series
Monday 21 September
2.15-3.00pm BBC RADIO 4

This two-part drama, written by award-winning writers Nicholas McInerny and Jonathan Myerson, focuses on three Birmingham families as they come to terms with the fact that their bright, promising teenage children are leading secret lives.

Ben's mum is coming to terms with the break up of her marriage, and takes a liberal view of Ben's drug-taking. Champion swimmer Rory's parents seem like authority figures; a police officer and a lay preacher. While Kris's middle-class Asian parents, think he's destined for Oxbridge despite his cystic fibrosis.

When a known drug dealer is stabbed and seriously injured outside the school drama block, it seems scarcely possible that these bright, young lads are involved, and more deeply than any of their parents can imagine.

Part one begins with the knifing incident and then flashes back to a year earlier as the teenagers return from Glastonbury and are gradually drawn into a lifestyle completely incomprehensible to their parents.

Blame The Parents features Claire Benedict, Deborah McAndrew, Tom Roberts, Paul Bhattacharjee and Bharti Patel as the parents; with Daniel Anderson, Chandeep Uppal, Ashwin Bolar and James Rastall playing the teenagers. Alison Belbin plays the police officer.

Producer/Peter Leslie Wild

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BBC RADIO 5 LIVE Monday 21 September 2009

5 Live Sport

Monday 21 September
7.00-10.30pm BBC RADIO 5 LIVE

Arlo White presents the day's sport news and is joined by Lee Dixon, Steve Claridge and Ian McGarry for The Monday Night Club discussing all the latest football issues.

From 9pm Arlo is joined by Mark Clemmit for 5 Live Football League with the latest action and news from the Championship and Football League.

Presenters/Arlo White, Producer/Steve Houghton

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BBC 6 MUSIC Monday 21 September 2009

Cerys On 6

Monday 21 September
1.00-4.00pm BBC 6 MUSIC

New San Francisco duo Girls join Cerys Matthews for a live session in the BBC 6 Music Hub playing tracks from their new album called Album.

The band consists of Christopher Owens and Chet JR White. Together they make West Coast sun-kissed Beach Boys-esque sounds which they plan to tour around the UK in September.

Presenter/Cerys Matthews, Producer/Jax Coombes

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Gideon Coe

Monday 21 September
9.00pm-12.00midnight BBC 6 MUSIC

Gideon Coe's choice concerts come from Aztec Camera, fronted by the then 20-year-old Roddy Frame at The Dominion from 1984, and Japanese techno-poppers Yellow Magic Orchestra (fronted by then 38-year-old Ryuichi Sakamoto) in Hammersmith, 1980.

Sessions include Bill Nelson, Jane Bow (both for John Peel) and Neko Case in the Hub from 2006.

Presenter/Gideon Coe, Producer/Mark Sheldon

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BBC ASIAN NETWORK Monday 21 September 2009

Silver Street

Monday 21 September
12.15-12.20pm BBC ASIAN NETWORK

Shazia and Hassan are honeymooning in Devon after their whirlwind marriage, in the week's first episode of the drama.

Back in Silver Street gossip circulates about where the couple have been for the weekend. Imran correctly guesses what might have happened. Zenab insists it's none of her business but when Imran leaves she makes a call.

Meanwhile Jodie decides on her wedding outfit but wonders if she is being morbid. Later Sway has more harsh words for Kuljit: he has to tell Jodie the truth.

Shazia is played by Shobu Kapoor, Hassan by Payam Hosseinian, Imran by Narinder Samra, Zenab by Sudha Buchar, Jodie by Vineeta Rishi, Sway by Mark Monero and Kuljit by Sartaj Garewal.

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Network Radio BBC Week 38: Tuesday 22 September 2009

BBC RADIO 2 Tuesday 22 September 2009

Mark Radcliffe And Stuart Maconie

Tuesday 22 September
8.00-10.00pm BBC RADIO 2

Mark Radcliffe and Stuart Maconie are joined in the studio for a live session by Paloma Faith.

Inspired by jazz legends such as Billie Holiday and Etta James, the East London-born ex-musician's assistant and former burlesque dancer's music has been compared to Amy Winehouse and Portishead's Beth Gibbons. The former Radio 2 Introduces artist releases her debut album Do You Want The Truth Or Something Beautiful? later this month.

Presenters/Mark Radcliffe and Stuart Maconie, Producer/Viv Atkinson

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BBC RADIO 2'S COMEDY GREATS
The Stanley Baxter Story

Tuesday 22 September
10.30-11.30pm BBC RADIO 2

Ground-breaking stand-up comedian Eddie Izzard
Ground-breaking stand-up comedian Eddie Izzard

Eddie Izzard presents a rare profile of comedy actor Stanley Baxter.

Stanley Baxter began his career during the war on the BBC Scottish Home Service, after making a name for himself doing impressions in Glasgow church halls. After a spell of National Service in the army, Stanley joined the Glasgow Citizens' Theatre, where he learnt his craft under the highly respected director Tyrone Guthrie. Another member of the Citizens' was BBC television prodcuer Jimmy Gilbert, who moved to London and invited Stanley to take part in a television revue series he was putting together in 1959. On The Bright Side was a success and Stanley was on his way.

He did several sketch series for the BBC in the years that followed but, by the mid Seventies, he was down to one minutely crafted Christmas show a year, working with the same writer, Ken Hoare, and the same director, David Bell, every time. His most recent outing was an archive Christmas special last year on ITV with one or two new sketches.

Interviewees for this documentary include Maureen Lipman; Julia McKenzie; Denise Coffey; TV directors and producers Jimmy Gilbert, Tom Gutteridge, John Kaye Cooper and John Bishop; actor David Kernan; film director Ken Annakin; Barry Cryer; Jim Moir; Gordon Kennedy; Justin Edwards; and Stanley Baxter himself, along with many of his character creations.

Presenter/Eddie Izzard, Producer/Neil Rosser

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The Music Of The Montreux Jazz Festival – Concert Highlights Ep 4/4

Tuesday 22 September
11.30pm-12.00midnight BBC RADIO 2

Jamie Cullum presents the last programme in the four-part series featuring highlights from this year's 43rd Montreux Jazz Festival.

Jamie introduces music from the Blind Boys Of Alabama, Madeleine Peyroux, Monty Alexander And Harlem Kingston Express and the CTI All Stars Band.

This international event began in 1967 and has grown from a three-day event, featuring European jazz artists, into a two-week festival encompassing almost every musical genre.

Presenter/Jamie Cullum, Producer/Neil Myners

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BBC RADIO 3 Tuesday 22 September 2009

Performance On 3

Tuesday 22 September
7.00-9.15pm BBC RADIO 3

Tonight's Performance On 3 features a concert recorded in Hereford Cathedral at this year's Three Choirs Festival.

The Three Choirs Festival is Britain's oldest festival, now in its 282nd season. At this concert Adrian Partington conducts the Philharmonia Orchestra and the Festival Chorus in Poulenc's joyous Gloria and the première of John McCabe's Songs Of The Garden, a procession of "animal" songs, scored for four soloists as well as the chorus and orchestra, topped and tailed by John Clare's poem. The concert ends with Strauss's Four Last Songs sung by Sally Matthews.

In the second half of the programme, violinist Rachel Podger fills Hereford Cathedral with Bach's Sonata in C (BWV 1005) for solo violin.

Presenter/Martin Handley, Producer/Anthony Sellors

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BBC RADIO 4 Tuesday 22 September 2009

Calvin And Hobbes

Tuesday 22 September
11.30am-12.00noon BBC RADIO 4

This programme, about the comic strip based on a little boy and his stuffed tiger who are named after eminent philosophers – Calvin and Hobbes – is presented by Phill Jupitus.

Over the course of 10 years, the comic strip Calvin And Hobbes became an international phenomenon, being syndicated in 2,500 newspapers worldwide.

The creator, Bill Watterson, could have become a multi-millionaire through merchandising deals and film offers from some of the biggest names in Hollywood.

Instead, he turned down all such offers without hesitation. "Why would I want to talk to Stephen Spielberg?" he asked his editor.

Phill Jupitus has been a fan of Calvin And Hobbes for years, and now sets out to discover more about the characters and the man behind them, the hyper-reticent Watterson whose refusal to grant any interviews is as steadfast as JD Salinger's.

In his absence, Jupitus heads to Oxford to speak with artists, merchandisers, booksellers and philosophers in his quest to find out what makes the strip so popular, a decade on from Watterson drawing the final frame.

Presenter/Phill Jupitus, Producer/Geoffrey Bird

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BBC RADIO 5 LIVE Tuesday 22 September 2009

5 Live Sport

Tuesday 22 September
7.00-10.30pm BBC RADIO 5 LIVE

Mark Pougatch presents the day's sports news and live commentary from one of tonight's third-round League Cup ties.

Presenter/Mark Pougatch, Producer/Graham McMillan

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BBC 6 MUSIC Tuesday 22 September 2009

Cerys On 6

Tuesday 22 September
1.00-4.00pm BBC 6 MUSIC

Singer-songwriter and former Ash guitarist Charlotte Hatherley joins Cerys Matthews for a chat about her latest album New Worlds.

This is Charlotte's third album and the follow up to 2007's The Deep Blue. She has recently been keeping herself busy and showcasing her guitar skills with twice Mercury-short-listed Bat For Lashes on their world tour.

Presenter/Cerys Matthews, Producer/Jax Coombes

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Gideon Coe

Tuesday 22 September
9.00pm-12.00midnight BBC 6 MUSIC

Gideon Coe's concert highlights include London synth-duo Blancmange coming down from the ceiling to play Hammersmith in 1984 and the Pixies playing Doolittle in 1989.

More Eighties sounds are in his session tracks with the Railway Children and The Sound, while The Acorn bring things right up to date with their May session for Radcliffe And Maconie on BBC Radio 2.

Presenter/Gideon Coe, Producer/Mark Sheldon

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BBC ASIAN NETWORK Tuesday 22 September 2009

Silver Street

Tuesday 22 September
12.15-12.20pm BBC ASIAN NETWORK

Shazia and Hassan return from their honeymoon, as the drama continues. Shazia realises that in all their wedding excitement they haven't discussed where to live; she has an idea but will Hassan agree?

Elsewhere, Kuljit gets a glimmer of hope when Jodie suggests putting the wedding plans on hold, is she finally getting cold feet?

Meanwhile Imran tells Hassan that Zenab refuses to set foot in Silverhill. It must be due to the memories of Mushtaq, what else could it be?

Shazia is played by Shobu Kapoor, Hassan by Payam Hosseinian, Kuljit by Sartaj Garewal, Jodie by Vineeta Rishi, Imran by Narinder Samra and Sway by Mark Monero.

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Network Radio BBC Week 38: Wednesday 23 September 2009

BBC RADIO 2 Wednesday 23 September 2009

The Mike Harding Show

Wednesday 23 September
7.00-8.00pm BBC RADIO 2

Mike Harding chats to The Unthanks in advance of their forthcoming UK tour and plays tracks from their new album Here's The Tender Coming, which follows on from 2008's Mercury-nominated album The Bairns.

Presenter/Mike Harding, Producer/Kellie While

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Trevor Nelson's Soul Show

Wednesday 23 September
10.00-11.00pm BBC RADIO 2

Trevor Nelson's Album Of The Week is John Legend's Get Lifted from 2004.

John Stephens, better known by his stage name John Legend, is an American recording artist, musician and actor. To date, he has won six Grammies and was inducted into the Songwriters Hall Of Fame in 2007.

Prior to the release of his debut album, Legend's career gained momentum through a series of successful collaborations with established artists. He added his voice to that of Kanye West on Slum Village's Selfish; Dilated Peoples' This Way; and Jay-Z's Encore. He also sang backing vocals on Alicia Keys's song You Don't Know My Name and played piano on Lauryn Hill's Everything Is Everything.

Presenter/Trevor Nelson, Producer/Dan Cocker

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BBC RADIO 3 Wednesday 23 September 2009

Performance On 3

Wednesday 23 September
7.00-9.15pm BBC RADIO 3

Directed by Margaret Faultless, The Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, Lisa Beznosiuk (flute) and Stephen Devine (harpsichord) play Baroque concertos, in a programme recorded at King's Place, London's newest concert hall.

After familiar concertos from favourite Baroque masters including Corelli, Vivaldi and Handel, the evening concludes with Geminiani's La follia (Madness) variations, in which stately elegance and whirlwind energy collide.

Presenter/Martin Handley, Producer/Anthony Sellors

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BBC RADIO 4 Wednesday 23 September 2009

Bowling For Love

Wednesday 23 September
11.00-11.30am BBC RADIO 4

Bowling For Love is a portrait of late-blossoming courtship and friendship amid the competitive fixtures of a crown bowling club.

The world of bowls is explored and the relationships among the players – sporting and romantic – that are formed both on and off the green. Bowls is a game that people tend to turn to in the autumn years of their lives, often in search of companionship as much as sporting competition.

This programme follows matches played at Hassocks Bowls Club in Sussex across the summer season, beginning with the preparations for the opening match in April. Along the way, it traces the lives, loves and losses of players for whom the game offers the promise not just of physical activity, but also friendship and late romance.

Brian Boothe joined the club when his late wife developed Alzheimer's. Doreen used to walk happily around the green whilst Brian played and the club became a place of respite for them both – somewhere to relax and spend time with others. Brian met his new partner Paula there, after Doreen passed away, and now he cherishes her memory by tending "Doreen's corner", a little patch of flowers next to the green.

Peter also tells of how he joined the club after retirement because he felt lost – and Meryl shares her story of meeting fellow bowls player Fred after her husband died.

This feature follows the highs and lows at Hassocks Bowls Club, to uncover a game and a place that is a safe haven for many of the members as their lives change.

Producer/Katie Burningham

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Chain Reaction Ep 4/6

Wednesday 23 September
6.30-7.00pm BBC RADIO 4

Former Labour
Former Labour "spin doctor" Alastair Campbell

The tag-team talk show continues with last week's guest, Eddie Izzard, grabbing the microphone to interview former Labour "spin doctor", Alastair Campbell.

Eddie asks Alastair about his breakdown, working for Tony Blair and his beginnings as a soft porn writer.

Presenter/Eddie Izzard, Producer/Samuel Bryant

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BBC RADIO 5 LIVE Wednesday 23 September 2009

5 Live Sport

Live event/outside broadcast
Wednesday 23 September
7.00-10.30pm BBC RADIO 5 LIVE

Mark Pougatch presents all the day's sports news and introduces a live commentary from one of this evening's third-round League Cup matches.

Presenter/Mark Pougatch, Producer/Claire Ackling

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BBC 6 MUSIC Wednesday 23 September 2009

Cerys On 6

Wednesday 23 September
1.00-4.00pm BBC 6 MUSIC

Author Steve Chick joins Cerys Matthews this afternoon to talk about his book Psychic Confusion – The Sonic Youth Story.

Drawing on interviews with the group and the people closest to them, Steve gives a fascinating insight into this most fearless and adventurous of bands, charting their revolutionary path and exploring the aftershocks they left both on pop culture and the counter-culture.

Presenter/Cerys Matthews, Producer/Jax Coombes

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Marc Riley

Wednesday 23 September
7.00-9.00pm BBC 6 MUSIC

Marc Riley welcomes ex-Pipette Rose Elinor Dougal into the studio for a live session. She describes herself as a "psychedelic-folk chanteuse par excellence". She's had two singles out since her departure from the Pipettes in 2008, her debut 7" was called Another Version Of Pop Song, while the second single was titled Start/Stop/Synchro, both of which Marc has played to death.

Rose Elinor Dougal's music has drawn comparisons with that of Broadcast, Sandy Denny and Smiths-era Morrissey. She has not held back on the use of an assortment of instruments – her songs include dulcimers, harps, drum machines, strings and horns.

Presenter/Marc Riley, Producer/Michelle Choudhry

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Gideon Coe

Wednesday 23 September
9.00pm-12.00midnight BBC 6 MUSIC

Gideon Coe's archive concert selections tonight come from Japanese electro whizz (and one-man band) Cornelius at the Royal Festival Hall in 2004 and Siouxsie And The Banshees at the Albert Hall in 1988.

Sessions material includes Sonic Youth covering Fall songs from 1988, Raw Herbs and eclectic country folk from Piney Gir playing tracks from her new album The Yearling.

Presenter/Gideon Coe

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BBC ASIAN NETWORK Wednesday 23 September 2009

Silver Street

Wednesday 23 September
12.15-12.20pm BBC ASIAN NETWORK

Kuljit is helping Hassan move house in the midweek episode of the drama. Kuljit then shocks newly wed Hassan when he confesses that he doesn't really want to marry Jodie.

Later, Zenab plucks up the courage to talk to Hassan about embarrassing him the other week. They are interrupted by Shazia, who unwittingly upsets Zenab.

Meanwhile, Jodie's dinner plans fall apart as Kuljit and Nadia can't make it. Sway tells Kuljit to stop avoiding Jodie and tell her the truth – before someone else does...

Kuljit is played by Sartaj Garewal, Hassan by Payam Hosseinian, Jodie by Vineeta Rishi, Zenab by Sudha Buchar, Shazia by Shobu Kapoor, Sway by Mark Monero and Imran by Narinder Samra.

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BBC WORLD SERVICE Wednesday 23 September 2009

Desperate Dreams Ep 1/2

New series
Wednesday 23 September
8.00-8.30pm BBC WORLD SERVICE

A year after meeting Innocent in Agadez, as he was about to set off across the Sahara in search of a better life, Jenny Cuffe receives a telephone call to say that he's in a Red Cross camp in Italy. In a follow up to the first series of Desperate Dreams, she travels to Italy to catch up on his story.

Jenny also sets out to try to trace Fereinatu, the teenage girl who was trafficked for sex but returned to her impoverished home in Benin City. She disappeared one day, saying she was going to wash clothes, and relatives fear she may have been sucked back into the illicit sex trade.

Presenter/Jenny Cuffe

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BBC RADIO 2 Thursday 24 September 2009

Clive Anderson's Chat Room Ep 2/8

Thursday 24 September
10.00-11.00pm BBC RADIO 2

Clive Anderson is joined by comedian Arthur Smith, TV presenter Dawn Porter and MP Diane Abbott in this week's programme.

Presenter/Clive Anderson, Producer/Adam Bromley

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BBC RADIO 3 Thursday 24 September 2009

Performance On 3

Thursday 24 September
7.00-9.15pm BBC RADIO 3

The London Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Valery Gergiev, performs Debussy's La mer and Dutilleux's Violin Concerto, entitled L'arbre des songes, with soloist Leonidas Kavakos. The Orchestra also performs Ravel's great ballet Daphnis et Chloé in tonight's Performance On 3.

Debussy spent the summers of his childhood in Cannes and drew on his vivid memories of the sea when he began writing his shimmering La mer in 1903. Dutilleux's sparkling 1985 violin concerto is inspired by ideas of growth and renewal – the piece, he said, "grows somewhat like a tree". Ravel described Daphnis et Chloé, which he wrote in 1912 for Diaghilev's Ballets Russes, as a "choreographic symphony in three parts".

This is followed by music first performed at the Three Choirs Festival, in the course of its long and distinguished history, including the Tallis Fantasia by Vaughan Williams.

Presenter/Martin Handley, Producer/Anthony Sellors

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BBC RADIO 4 Thursday 24 September 2009

Poetry Slam Ep 1/3

New series
Thursday 24 September
11.00-11.30pm BBC RADIO 4

BBC Radio 4's 2009 Poetry Slam kicks off with the first of two semi-finals, leading up to the slam final on National Poetry Day (8 October).

Hosted by Dreadlock Alien, popular performer, slammer and last year's Birmingham Poet Laureate, the competition will be fierce, the rhymes will come thick and fast and the energy will be positively humming for three high-octane programmes that showcase the best and most exciting acts in slam poetry right now.

Nine regional heats have been held from Exeter to Edinburgh via Birmingham, Belfast, Brighton, Newport, Newcastle, Manchester and London. The two winners of each heat are through to these broadcast semi-finals.

A slam is a knockout performance poetry competition in which poets perform their own work to a time limit and are given scores based on content, style, delivery and level of audience response. Over two or three rounds, poets are knocked out until one top scorer emerges as the winner. Poets are free to work in any style on any subject. Slams attract a wide range of performers and can encompass subjects including heartfelt love poetry, searing social commentary, uproarious comic routines and bittersweet personal confessional pieces. What unites slammers is their attention to the dual skills of writing and performance.

The slam scene began in America in the Eighties and is now thriving all around the world. There are hundreds of regular slams run in clubs, bars, pubs, theatres and at festivals all over Britain every year.

Tonight it's the first of the two semi-finals, held at the Bluecoat in Liverpool. Listener's can hear the second semi-final, held at the South Street Arts Centre in Reading, next week.

The grand final, recorded at the Birmingham Book Festival, can be heard on National Poetry Day on Thursday 8 October.

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BBC RADIO 5 LIVE Thursday 24 September 2009

5 Live Sport

Live event/outside broadcast
Thursday 24 September
7.00-10.30pm BBC RADIO 5 LIVE

Eleanor Oldroyd presents all the day's sports news and is joined by special guests for The Headline Hour from 7pm to discuss this week's big sporting stories.

At 10.30pm, two 5 Live Sport pundits get some sporting issues off their chests in And Another Thing.

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BBC 6 MUSIC Thursday 24 September 2009

Marc Riley

Thursday 24 September
7.00-9.00pm BBC 6 MUSIC

Marc Riley's live guest in the Manchester hub is Beth Jeans Houghton, and Marc is hoping she'll be sporting her usual cape and glittery eyelashes.

According to her official biography, Beth was born in Transylvania to a pack of albino wolves who raised her on chewing tobacco. A more plausible claim is that she was discovered singing in the folk tent at the Green Man Festival last year by Badly Drawn Boy, who very kindly suggested to Marc that he get her on his show to perform in session. He did just that, loved her and her kooky ways and this is her third live session on the show.

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Gideon Coe

Thursday 24 September
9.00pm-12.00midnight BBC 6 MUSIC

Gideon Coe introduces archive music from Daft Punk, who brought their French robot aesthetic to Tribal Gathering in 1996, plus a rare live Prefab Sprout concert at Reading in 1995.

An eclectic session quartet comes from Nico from 1970, Hull's Red Guitars, The Selector and Jarvis Cocker, with tracks from his second album, Further Complications.

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BBC ASIAN NETWORK Thursday 24 September 2009

Silver Street

Thursday 24 September
12.15-12.20pm BBC ASIAN NETWORK

Shazia is mortified about insulting Zenab, as the drama continues. Hassan insists they go and have fun – somewhere they won't run into her! They go bowling and end up seeing Jodie and Sway instead.

Jodie asks if there is anything else she needs to know about Kuljit. Sway hesitantly says there isn't. Later, Sway calls Kuljit, who says he is finally going to tell Jodie how he really feels. Meanwhile, the subject of Jodie and Sway's past comes up again...

Shazia is played by Shobu Kapoor, Zenab by Sudha Bhuchar, Hassan by Payam Hosseinian, Jodie by Vineeta Rishi, Kuljit by Sartaj Garewal and Sway by Mark Monero.

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BBC WORLD SERVICE Thursday 24 September 2009

AFTERSHOCK
Assignment

Thursday 24 September
8.00-8.30pm BBC WORLD SERVICE

Tax cheats across the globe have collectively squirreled away between $7-11 trillion, say critics of the current international tax system. Bank accounts, trusts and shell companies hiding this money can be found in places as diverse as America, the UK, offshore islands and European countries including Switzerland.

At a time when G20, a group of the world's most powerful nations, is meeting in Pittsburgh to discuss how to tackle tax cheating, Lesley Curwen examines the current system and questions how successful any new initiative can be at uncovering the world's missing trillions.

This edition of Assignment is part of Aftershock, a new season of programmes broadcast in September on the BBC's International News Services – BBC World Service, BBC World News and BBC.com – investigating the impact of the global recession.

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BBC RADIO 2 Friday 25 September 2009

Desmond Carrington – After Seven Ep 3/4

Friday 25 September
7.00-7.30pm BBC RADIO 2

This week's star in the spotlight is Malcolm Vaughan, as Desmond Carrington continues to examine the careers of entertainers who wrote the rule book and created their own unique style.

Born in a Welsh mining village in 1929, Malcolm was a talented professional actor by the age of 14, when he appeared in London in Emlyn Williams's play The Druid's Rest. Within a year, he was singing at the London Hippodrome and making his first radio broadcast.

Years in variety followed as the "straight man" to comedy partner Kenny Earle. Malcolm would generally sing something to roars of approval, which led to a solo career and a string of best-selling records.

Desmond uses archive interviews to illustrate the career of this powerful Welsh tenor who was one of the last great ballad singers.

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BBC RADIO 3 Friday 25 September 2009

World On 3

Friday 25 September
11.15pm-1.00am BBC RADIO 3

Charlie Gillett's guest on World On 3 this week is Israeli singer-songwriter Yasmin Levy, who performs songs from her new Javier Limon-produced album Sentir.

Yasmin's music brings together the Judeo-Spanish folk tradition of Ladino with the energy of Andalucian Flamenco. In between songs, she talks to Charlie about her background and influences, and the music that inspires her today.

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BBC RADIO 4 Friday 25 September 2009

The Adventures Of Inspector Steine Ep 1/6

New series
Friday 25 September
11.00-11.30am BBC RADIO 4

Actor Michael Fenton Stevens
Actor Michael Fenton Stevens

Twitten takes over the narrative in this brand-new series of Lynne Truss's seaside comedy about celebrity policeman, Inspector Steine.

Back in Brighton, following an attachment at Scotland Yard, Twitten finds Brunswick more depressed than ever about villainy in Brighton. To cheer him up, Twitten persuades Brunswick's favourite writer Harry Jupiter, crime reporter for the Daily Clarion, to interview Brunswick for a feature on the ordinary heroic policeman. Brunswick is jubilant – it is finally his day. But when Inspector Steine takes Jupiter to Brighton Pier, disaster ensues and Brunswick's euphoria turns to unmitigated rage.

Does Brunswick really want to murder Inspector Steine and can Twitten and Mrs Groynes do anything to stop him?

Michael Fenton Stevens plays Inspector Steine, Samantha Spiro plays Groynes, John Ramm plays Brunswick and Matt Green plays Twitten, with guest appearances from Philip Jackson, Janet Ellis and Douglas Hodge. The music is by Anthony May.

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Afternoon Play – Wednesdays With Strangers

Friday 25 September
2.15-3.00pm BBC RADIO 4

When a welcome pack to the UK offers advice on how to talk to strangers, Mirek, a migrant worker, decides to spend his one day off each week attempting to get to know the ways and people of Britain, and prove to his disillusioned flatmate that there is such a thing as the British Dream after all. But Mirek starts to wonder whether the pack is really the reliable guide as he first believed it to be.

In Wednesdays With Strangers, a gentle comedy of manners by Nick Leather, Mirek has come to the UK to build a new life for himself, but his flatmate Alex is already preparing to go back to Latvia – after all, everyone has heard of the American Dream but who has ever heard of the British one? And besides, in this current economic climate, jobs are hard to find. Optimistic Mirek disagrees – he has a job in a supermarket and he loves the British way of life.

Alex has never even opened the welcome pack given to him by the council but Mirek has complete faith in his. There's even a whole section on how to talk strangers, and Mirek is not surprised as he believes the British are the friendliest people on Earth. With the pack as his trusty guide, Mirek will prove to Alex that the British Dream really does exist and this island deserves another chance.

The cast stars Matt McGuirk as Mirek, Eddie Capli as Alex, James Quinn as Andy, Greg Wood as Frank and Sue Kelly as Joy.

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News Quiz Ep 1/9

New series
Friday 25 September
6.30-7.00pm BBC RADIO 4

In its 32nd year on air, BBC Radio 4's popular topical panel show is back for a 69th series.

Joining host Sandi Toksvig are regular panellists Jeremy Hardy, Andy Hamilton, Fred MacAulay and Francis Wheen, as well as special guest panellists including Sue Perkins, Rory Bremner and David Mitchell.

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I Am Emma Humphreys

Friday 25 September
9.00-10.00pm BBC RADIO 4

Emma Humphreys was a pretty, upbeat, endearing young woman who had a tragically short life. She had been in 11 children's homes, was beaten, abused, went on the run and self-harmed. At 16 years old, she moved in with Trevor Armitage and, by the time she was 17, she had killed him. She was charged with murder, said nothing in her defence and was sentenced to life.

This play is a true story and presents the raw account of Emma's life and how her case changed the law and may contribute to further controversial changes in the defence laws for murder, currently going through Parliament.

While working at East Sutton Park Open Prison, writer Shelley Silas met Harriet Wistrich, now one of the UK's leading human rights lawyers and part of the team currently representing the family of Jean Charles de Menezes. She also met journalist Julie Bindel who handled Emma's press campaign. Together in 1991 they set up Justice For Women. They inspired Shelley to write a play about Emma Humphreys.

Joanne Froggatt plays Emma, Stephen Critchlow plays Trevor Armitage, Delroy Brown plays Stuart, Susan Jameson plays Vera Baird, Lynne Verrall plays Harriet Wistrich, Stephen Hogan plays the Judge in Nottingham and David Hargreaves is Lord Justice Hirst.

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BBC RADIO 5 LIVE Friday 25 September 2009

5 Live Sport

Friday 25 September
7.00-10.00pm BBC RADIO 5 LIVE

Kicking Off With Colin Murray regular guests Pat Nevin and Perry Groves join Colin for a look ahead to the weekend's sporting action, including the Premier League games between Tottenham and Burnley, Liverpool against Hull and Stoke versus Manchester United.

At 9pm David Croft, Anthony Davidson and Holly Samos preview this weekend's Singapore Grand Prix in 5 Live Formula 1.

From 9.30pm, Colin Murray is joined by Tim Lovejoy for Murray And Lovejoy's Sports Express in which the pair take a quick-fire look at the past week in sport and look ahead to what's coming up. Murray And Lovejoy's Sports Express is also available as a podcast to download at bbc.co.uk/fivelive.

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BBC RADIO 5 LIVE SPORTS EXTRA
Friday 25 September 2009

Formula 1

Live event/outside broadcast
Friday 25 September
10.55am-12.35pm BBC RADIO 5 LIVE SPORTS EXTRA
2.25-4.05pm BBC RADIO 5 LIVE SPORTS EXTRA

BBC Radio 5 Live Sports Extra presents uninterrupted commentary on the first and second practice sessions for the Singapore Grand Prix.

Producer/Jason Swales

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BBC 6 MUSIC Friday 25 September 2009

Cerys On 6

Friday 25 September
1.00-4.00pm BBC 6 MUSIC

The Handsome Family, husband-and-wife team Brett and Rennie Sparks, join Cerys Matthews today for a live Hub session.

Together, Brett and Rennie create a brand of music which has been labelled country-noir, gothic country or some other sub-genre of alt-country. The Sparks, however, don't consider their music to be bound by any categories and, in their most recent work, they explore new musical textures while retaining their distinctive Handsome Family appeal.

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Bruce Dickinson's Rock Show

Friday 25 September
9.00pm-12.00midnight BBC 6 MUSIC

This evening Bruce Dickinson talks to heavy metal quartet Alice In Chains who, over the course of their career, have earned multiple Grammy nominations, sold more than 17 million albums worldwide and have had two No. 1 records in the US.

Set to release Black Gives Way To Blue, their first new studio release in more than 10 years, all four members join Bruce to tell him about how and why they reunited.

Bruce also asks new singer William DuVall how he is fitting in and what it was like recording with producer Nick Rasckulinecz, who has also worked with Rush and the Foo Fighters.

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BBC ASIAN NETWORK Friday 25 September 2009

Silver Street

Friday 25 September
12.15-12.20pm BBC ASIAN NETWORK

Zenab congratulates Jodie on her engagement but murmurs something about knowing who the right one is, in the final visit of the week to Silver Street. Later Zenab seems a bit jumpy and has a heart-to-heart with Imran.

Elsewhere, Kuljit shows Sway a photo of the ring he has bought for Jodie. He is off to Manchester to collect it and is finally ready to marry her. Sway reckons Kuljit will change his mind again tomorrow. Can Kuljit persuade him that his decision is final?

Zenab is played by Sudha Buchar, Jodie by Vineeta Rishi, Imran by Narinder Samra, Kuljit by Sartaj Garewal and Sway by Mark Monero.

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BBC WORLD SERVICE Friday 25 September 2009

AFTERSHOCK
Building Out Of The Recession Ep 2/2

Friday 25 September
8.00-8.30pm BBC WORLD SERVICE

Architecture and design expert Jonathan Glancey concludes his two-part examination of the politics of building.

In this programme, Jonathan visits Chicago's building sites where work has ground to a halt. A huge spire was planned for the city, but today all that can be seen is a hole in the ground. He tackles the politicians, planners and architects to find out whether, both here and around the world, large-scale construction can have a positive impact on global economies.

Building Out Of The Recession is part of Aftershock, a new season of programmes broadcast in September on the BBC's International News Services – BBC World Service, BBC World News and BBC.com – investigating the impact of the global recession.

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